A 56-year-old woman in Hanoi was hospitalized after vomiting and feeling dizzy upon consuming just two pieces of popcorn, with the hospital later confirming that she suffered from marijuana poisoning.
P.T.C., 56, living in Hanoi’s Thanh Xuan District, was taken to Bach Mai Hospital in Dong Da District with dilated pupils and in delirium on November 29, according to Dr. Nguyen Trung Nguyen, director of the hospital’s Poison Control Center.
Her family said the woman had eaten two pieces of popcorn ordered online by her child at 4:30 pm the same day, before she began to show symptoms of dizziness and vomiting one hour later.
A urine test revealed the presence of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana.
Doctors diagnosed her with marijuana poisoning, and following treatment, she overcame the critical symptoms.
Dr. Nguyen said it was the first time that the hospital had received a case of marijuana-related poisoning after consumption of popcorn.
Previous cases of marijuana poisoning involved other foods and snacks like cakes, biscuits, and candies, he added.
Nguyen said shortcomings in the management of online goods have allowed narcotics-laced food products to spread quickly in the market.